lesson 6 Decision Making

We face decisions every day. How can we determine the best choices to make, especially in the big decisions and the ones that really don’t have a clear path for us to choose? Today’s Bible study will address these very issues…



· Job/career

· 工作/职业

· Wife/husband

· 妻子/丈夫

· How many children

· 生几个孩子

· How much money I return to the Lord

· 向主奉献多少钱

· How I serve Jesus in the church with the talents he’s given to me

· 如何用神赐给我的才干在教会服侍

Wisdom’s Starting Point


An ancient philosopher by the name of Confucius once said that wisdom can be learned by 3 methods:


  1. Reflection (the noblest)

生而知之 即思悟(上等)

  1. Imitation (the easiest)

学而知之 即模仿(次等)

  1. Experience (the bitterest)

困而知之 即体验(下等)

Consider the following Bible passages…


Psalm 119:97,98 Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. 98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me.

诗篇119:97,98我 何 等 爱 慕 你 的 律 法 , 终 日 不 住 地 思 想 .98你 的 命 令 常 存 在 我 心 里 , 使 我 比 仇 敌 有 智 慧 .

· Apply reflection to this passage for the Christian

· 将思悟的智慧应用于这节经文来教导信徒

· Philippians 2:3-5 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.

腓立比书2:3-5凡 事 不 可 结 党 , 不 可 贪 图 虚 浮 的 荣 耀 ; 只 要 存 心 谦 卑 , 各 人 看 别 人 比 自 己 强 . 4各 人 不 要 单 顾 自 己 的 事 , 也 要 顾 别 人 的 事 . 5你 们 当 以 基 督 耶 稣 的 心 为 心 :

· Apply imitation to this passage for the Christian

· 将效仿的智慧应用于这节经文来教导信徒

Matthew 26:31-35 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: ”‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.“ 33 Peter replied, ”Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.“ 34 ”I tell you the truth,“ Jesus answered, ”this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.“ 35 But Peter declared, ”Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.“ And all the other disciples said the same.


马太26:31-35那 时 , 耶 稣 对 他 们 说 : 今 夜 , 你 们 为 我 的 缘 故 都 要 跌 倒 . 因 为 经 上 记 着 说 : 我 要 击 打 牧 人 , 羊 就 分 散 了 . 32但 我 复 活 以 後 , 要 在 你 们 以 先 往 加 利 利 去 . 33彼 得 说 : 众 人 虽 然 为 你 的 缘 故 跌 倒 , 我 却 永 不 跌 倒 . 34耶 稣 说 : 我 实 在 告 诉 你 , 今 夜 鸡 叫 以 先 , 你 要 三 次 不 认 我 . 35彼 得 说 : 我 就 是 必 须 和 你 同 死 , 也 总 不 能 不 认 你 . 众 门 徒 都 是 这 样 说 .

Matthew 26:69-75 69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. ”You also were with Jesus of Galilee,“ she said. 70 But he denied it before them all. ”I don’t know what you’re talking about,“ he said. 71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another girl saw him and said to the people there, ”This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.“ 72 He denied it again, with an oath: ”I don’t know the man!“ 73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, ”Surely you are one of them, for your accent gives you away.“ 74 Then he began to call down curses on himself and he swore to them, ”I don’t know the man!“ Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: ”Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.“ And he went outside and wept bitterly.

马太26:69-75彼 得 在 外 面 院 子 里 坐 着 , 有 一 个 使 女 前 来 , 说 : 你 素 来 也 是 同 那 加 利 利 人 耶 稣 一 夥 的 . 70彼 得 在 众 人 面 前 却 不 承 认 , 说 : 我 不 知 道 你 说 的 是 甚 麽 ! 71既 出 去 , 到 了 门 口 , 又 有 一 个 使 女 看 见 他 , 就 对 那 里 的 人 说 : 这 个 人 也 是 同 拿 撒 勒 人 耶 稣 一 夥 的 . 72彼 得 又 不 承 认 , 并 且 起 誓 说 : 我 不 认 得 那 个 人 . 73过 了 不 多 的 时 候 , 旁 边 站 着 的 人 前 来 , 对 彼 得 说 : 你 真 是 他 们 一 党 的 , 你 的 口 音 把 你 露 出 来 了 . 74彼 得 就 发 咒 起 誓 的 说 : 我 不 认 得 那 个 人 . 立 时 , 鸡 就 叫 了 . 75彼 得 想 起 耶 稣 所 说 的 话 : 鸡 叫 以 先 , 你 要 三 次 不 认 我 . 他 就 出 去 痛 哭 .

· Apply experience to these verses of the Bible for the Christian

· 将体验的智慧应用于这段圣经经文来教导信徒

The Bible’s starting point for Wisdom


Proverbs 9:10 ”The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.“

箴言9:10敬 畏 耶 和 华 是 智 慧 的 开 端 ; 认 识 至 圣 者 便 是 聪 明 .

· Describe this ”fear of the LORD“

· 阐述”敬 畏 耶 和 华“的意思

Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

箴言3:5,6 你 要 专 心 仰 赖 耶 和 华 , 不 可 倚 靠 自 己 的 聪 明 , 6在 你 一 切 所 行 的 事 上 都 要 认 定 他 , 他 必 指 引 你 的 路 .

· Describe the difference between our understanding and God’s understanding

· 阐述我们的聪明和神的智慧上的差异

Romans 11:33-36


Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!34 ”Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?“ 35 ”Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?“36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.

深 哉 , 神 丰 富 的 智 慧 和 知 识 ! 他 的 判 断 何 其 难 测 ! 他 的 踪 迹 何 其 难 寻 ! 34谁 知 道 主 的 心 ? 谁 作 过 他 的 谋 士 呢 ? 35谁 是 先 给 了 他 , 使 他 後 来 偿 还 呢 ? 36因 为 万 有 都 是 本 於 他 , 倚 靠 他 , 归 於 他 . 愿 荣 耀 归 给 他 , 直 到 永 远 . 阿 们 !

  1. What does Paul teach us about the paths that the Lord chooses for us and the judgments he makes for us in life?




Martin Luther once said…



God requires that you work hard at your calling without worrying about what anyone else is doing. Yet few people do this. A poet who reflected on what people are like once said, ”The farmer would like to be a shopkeeper, and the shopkeeper a farmer.“ As the saying goes, ”The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.“ Few people are satisfied with their lives. The person in the church pew wants to be a member of the clergy. The student wishes he were to be a member of the clergy. The student wishes he were the teacher. The citizen thinks he should be mayor.

Few people are content with their calling. However, there is no other way to serve God except simply living by faith, sticking to your calling, and maintaining a clear conscience.


Philippians 4:12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

腓立比书4:12我 知 道 怎 样 处 卑 贱 , 也 知 道 怎 样 处 丰 富 ; 或 饱 足 , 或 饥 饿 ; 或 有 馀 , 或 缺 乏 , 随 事 随 在 , 我 都 得 了 秘 诀 .

Contentment, as Paul teaches us, is not something readily achieved by even Christians, which is the root problem of some of our regrets and indecisions in life. Contentment comes only through a continual growing in our faith and our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Here are a couple of suggestions if we are given the choice to determine our career path for this life…



  1. Meditate on God’s Word. He promises to touch our heart and speak to us through his Word and he will help us to identify where our gifts can be best used for his kingdom. Read the following…


Psalm 1:1-3


Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

不 从 恶 人 的 计 谋 , 不 站 罪 人 的 道 路 , 不 坐 亵 慢 人 的 座 位 ,2惟 喜 爱 耶 和 华 的 律 法 , 昼 夜 思 想 , 这 人 便 为 有 福 ! 3他 要 像 一 棵 树 栽 在 溪 水 旁 , 按 时 候 结 果 子 , 叶 子 也 不 枯 乾 . 凡 他 所 做 的 尽 都 顺 利 .

”Whatever he does prospers“ is directly related to ”His delight is in the law of the LORD.“

”凡 他 所 做 的 尽 都 顺 利 “与 ”惟 喜 爱 耶 和 华 的 律 法“是直接相关的。

”Law“ in the Hebrew does not have to just refer to the word we commonly think of regarding the Ten Commandments, but is rather inclusive of all the Word of God, which would also include his promises to watch over us, to bless us, and preserve us as his children, as well as save us from our sins. But in order to meditate ”day and night“ on the Word of God, it’s very important that God’s children know the Word of God very well and are studying it and growing in their faith.


  1. Listen to other people


Isaiah 30:19-21 O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ”This is the way; walk in it.“

以赛亚书30:19-21百 姓 必 在 锡 安 、 在 耶 路 撒 冷 居 住 ; 你 不 要 哭 泣 . 主 必 因 你 哀 求 的 声 音 施 恩 给 你 ; 他 听 见 的 时 候 就 必 应 允 你 . 20主 虽 以 艰 难 给 你 当 饼 , 以 困 苦 给 你 当 水 , 你 的 教 师 却 不 再 隐 藏 ; 你 眼 必 看 见 你 的 教 师 . 21你 或 向 左 或 向 右 , 你 必 听 见 後 边 有 声 音 说 : 这 是 正 路 , 要 行 在 其 间 .

Proverbs 15:22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

箴言15:22不 先 商 议 , 所 谋 无 效 ; 谋 士 众 多 , 所 谋 乃 成 .

God places people in our lives to help us in this process of determining and defining where our gifts are in life – like family members, close friends, maybe a pastor or other Christian friends. They may be able to help us identify the path that we ought to choose.


One thing each of us ought to bear in mind, when choosing a career path is that sometimes our course in life changes because of a whole variety of circumstances. What’s important is that we are confident that where we are today is no accident, but all a part of God’s purpose for our life, a purpose that he does not always reveal to us. But it’s not for us to question God’s path for us, but rather trust that he will accomplish his will through us.




Choosing a husband or wife


Matthew 7:7,8 ”Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

马太7:7,8你 们 祈 求 , 就 给 你 们 ; 寻 找 , 就 寻 见 ; 叩 门 , 就 给 你 们 开 门 . 8因 为 凡 祈 求 的 , 就 得 着 ; 寻 找 的 , 就 寻 见 ; 叩 门 的 , 就 给 他 开 门 .

Be specific. What do you really desire in a spouse? Someone to laugh with, someone you can pray with and worship Jesus with, someone who would be a great father or great mother, someone who you can share your greatest concerns in life with? Certainly all of us would like a companion such as this, but it’s equally important that we ask God for such a partner. For if we take God at his Word in the Bible, then we must understand that it is He who puts couples together, not us. Read the following…


Matthew 19:5,6 “Jesus said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”

马太19:5,6耶稣 说 : 因 此 , 人 要 离 开 父 母 , 与 妻 子 连 合 , 二 人 成 为 一 体 . 这 经 你 们 没 有 念 过 麽 ? 6既 然 如 此 , 夫 妻 不 再 是 两 个 人 , 乃 是 一 体 的 了 . 所 以 , 神 配 合 的 , 人 不 可 分 开 .


  1. What words from Jesus indicate that God is going to be the one who brings husbands and wives together?


What do you think?


Couples today get married more for physical compatibilities rather than spiritual compatibilities?


2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

哥林多后书6:14你 们 和 不 信 的 原 不 相 配 , 不 要 同 负 一 轭 . 义 和 不 义 有 甚 麽 相 交 呢 ? 光 明 和 黑 暗 有 甚 麽 相 通 呢 ?

This is not a command for Christians not to marry unbelievers, but rather a command for Christians not to join in fellowship with pagans. However, a Christian who is praying to God, seeking a Christian partner whom they can share more than love and children with, will want to seriously consider getting involved with a pagan for the simple fact that a person’s Christian faith will eventually become the single most important aspect of their life. If they are unable to share their faith with their spouse, it will cause a strain either in the person’s relationship with Jesus, or with their spouse.


How many Children should we have?


2 Timothy 3:1-5 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be

lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.


提摩太后书3:1-5你 该 知 道 , 末 世 必 有 危 险 的 日 子 来 到 . 2因 为 那 时 人 要 专 顾 自 己 、 贪 爱 钱 财 、 自 夸 、 狂 傲 、 谤 ? 、 违 背 父 母 、 忘 恩 负 义 、 心 不 圣 洁 、 3无 亲 情 、 不 解 怨 、 好 说 谗 言 、 不 能 自 约 、 性 情 凶 暴 、 不 爱 良 善 、 4卖 主 卖 友 、 任 意 妄 为 、 自 高 自 大 、 爱 宴 乐 、 不 爱 神 , 5有 敬 虔 的 外 貌 , 却 背 了 敬 虔 的 实 意 ; 这 等 人 你 要 躲 开 .

I know and understand that in most of China there is a 1 child policy within the government so I’m not writing about Chinese policies, which is a completely different issue – I’m writing about something that the apostle Paul prophesied about as a trademark to the end of civilization and the end of the world. One of those signs that will accompany the end of the world will be the pervasive lovelessness for God’s order of creation in this world – the love of family.


In America, where families are free to have as many children as they’d like, consider these statistics…


The American home now averages less than 2 children per household

42% of children are born out of wedlock

There are now more dogs (42 million) in American households than there are children (38 million under the age of 18)

70% of couples live together before marriage





During Christmas time, there was a television ad on TV that played Silent Night; Holy Night, a very famous Christmas anthem reflecting on the birth of our Savior, during a commercial that featured abandoned and mistreated animals in our society. Now compare some of these statistics in America with what the Bible says about children…


Genesis 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

创世纪1:28神 就 賜 福 給 他 們 , 又 對 他 們 說 : 要 生 養 眾 多 , 遍 滿 地 面 , 治 理 這 地 , 也 要 管 理 海 裡 的 魚 、 空 中 的 鳥 , 和 地 上 各 樣 行 動 的 活 物 .

  1. How would you answer someone who said, “There’s not enough room on this earth for families to have lots of children?

有人说,”地球没有足够的空间让所有家庭生很多孩子?“ 你怎样回答?

Psalm 127:3-5 Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.

诗篇127:3-5兒 女 是 耶 和 華 所 賜 的 產 業 ; 所 懷 的 胎 是 他 所 給 的 賞 賜 .

4少 年 時 所 生 的 兒 女 好 像 勇 士 手 中 的 箭 .5箭 袋 充 滿 的 人 便 為 有 福 ; 他 們 在 城 門 口 和 仇 敵 說 話 的 時 候 , 必 不 至 於 羞 愧 .

  1. What do these verses teach us about children?

关于孩子, 这段经文怎样教导我们?

The decision for Christian husbands and wives to determine ”how many“ children is not a small and insignificant decision, especially in a government that mandates that no more than 1 child be granted. God has given each of us a brain to determine ”how many“ children each of us will have and there are many factors that may come in to this decision. For instance, what our government demands from us…what our own individual temperance will allow…the health of dad or mom or the ability to support a family.


However, our motives must constantly be kept in check with the will of God and his desire for his creation. Therefore, it’s important our decisions aren’t based on the loveless attitude of our world that has clearly become more concerned about animals than they have human beings.


Recently, a very high profiled NFL football player was sentenced to 3 years in prison for a dog-fighting ring that he operated illegally. Now, I’m certainly not condoning dog fighting, but with the millions and millions of babies that have been slaughtered under the protection of our government (called abortion), it seems awfully inconsistent that we have more strict laws to protect animals than we do human life. Again, as Christians, it’s important that we come out from the world and stand apart from their loveless acts and deeds.


John 15:19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

约翰15:19 你 们 若 属 世 界 , 世 界 必 爱 属 自 己 的 ; 只 因 你 们 不 属 世 界 , 乃 是 我 从 世 界 中 拣 选 了 你 们 , 所 以 世 界 就 恨 你 们 .

How much money ought I to return to the Lord?


Proverbs 3:9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops

箴言3:9你 要 以 财 物 和 一 切 初 熟 的 土 产 尊 荣 耶 和 华 .


In the Old Testament, God required 10% of his people’s offerings to supply the needs of church located at Jerusalem. According to God, therefore, ”firstfruit“ not only meant the first and the best, but also 10%

在旧约中,神要求他的子民的十一奉献用于供应耶路撒冷教会的需要。因此根据神的要求 ”初熟的收成“意味着不仅是最早的和最好的,而且要10%

Even before the Tithe (10%) was introduced to the Israelites, we see the example of Abraham blessing Melchizedek with a 1/10 of everything he owned!


As Christians living in the New Testament, we have no command that 10% of our offerings are to be returned to the Lord, in fact some have suggested that 10% was merely meant to be a ceiling for Old Testament Israel because God held their hand throughout their worship life, telling them where they had to worship, when they had to worship, and what they were to bring for worship. But as New Testament Christians, we might say that the ceiling has been lifted so that Christians have now been given the freedom to discern ”firstfruit“ giving through prayerful decision making based on the income.


May God cast the inborn nature of greed aside, and help us see our gifts as his – and help us make a God-pleasing decision in how much we return to his house. Let us also not forget, that often our financial status changes throughout our earthly lives – for some that means a decrease in what we have to live on – for others it means an increase in our wealth. Let’s bear in mind these New Testament words as we prayerfully consider our annual gifts that we return to God’s house for the service of the saints…


2 Corinthians 9:6,7 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

哥林多后书9:6,7少 种 的 少 收 , 多 种 的 多 收 , 这 话 是 真 的 . 7各 人 要 随 本 心 所 酌 定 的 , 不 要 作 难 , 不 要 勉 强 , 因 为 捐 得 乐 意 的 人 是 神 所 喜 爱 的

2 Corinthians 8:7 But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

哥林多后书8:7你 们 既 然 在 信 心 、 口 才 、 知 识 、 热 心 , 和 待 我 们 的 爱 心 上 , 都 格 外 显 出 满 足 来 , 就 当 在 这 慈 惠 的 事 上 也 格 外 显 出 满 足 来 .

When we return to the Lord what he has blessed us with in our households, let not guilt be the driving force behind what we return to the Lord, but rather let the good news of Jesus Christ, and him crucified for our sins and for our salvation motivate you to set your gifts free for his service. This is the only way a Christian can give to God with a cheerful heart. Read the following…

当我们把他赐给我们家庭的所得奉献给神时,在我们奉献给神所得的背后不要让内疚成为奉献的动机, 而是让耶稣基督的福音,和为我们的罪和救赎被钉十字架的他(耶稣基督)激励我们奉献。这是一个基督徒能奉献给神一颗喜乐的心的唯一方法。阅读以下经文…


2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

哥林多后书8:9你 们 知 道 我 们 主 耶 稣 基 督 的 恩 典 : 他 本 来 富 足 , 却 为 你 们 成 了 贫 穷 , 叫 你 们 因 他 的 贫 穷 , 可 以 成 为 富 足 .

How I serve Jesus in the church with the talents he’s given to me?


Matthew 25:14-30


14 ”Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 15 To one he gave five talents[a] of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. 17 So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. 18 But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.


19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.‘21 ”His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 22 “The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.‘23 ”His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!‘24 “Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.‘26 ”His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.28 “‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 29 For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’


p>天 國 又 好 比 一 個 人 要 往 外 國 去 , 就 叫 了 僕 人 來 , 把 他 的 家 業 交 給 他 們 , 15按 著 各 人 的 才 幹 給 他 們 銀 子 : 一 個 給 了 五 千 , 一 個 給 了 二 千 , 一 個 給 了 一 千 , 就 往 外 國 去 了 . 16那 領 五 千 的 隨 即 拿 去 做 買 賣 , 另 外 賺 了 五 千 . 17那 領 二 千 的 也 照 樣 另 賺 了 二 千 . 18但 那 領 一 千 的 去 掘 開 地 , 把 主 人 的 銀 子 埋 藏 了 .19過 了 許 久 , 那 些 僕 人 的 主 人 來 了 , 和 他 們 算 賬 . 20那 領 五 千 銀 子 的 又 帶 著 那 另 外 的 五 千 來 , 說 : 主 阿 , 你 交 給 我 五 千 銀 子 . 請 看 , 我 又 賺 了 五 千 . 21主 人 說 : 好 , 你 這 又 良 善 又 忠 心 的 僕 人 , 你 在 不 多 的 事 上 有 忠 心 , 我 要 把 許 多 事 派 你 管 理 ; 可 以 進 來 享 受 你 主 人 的 快 樂 .22那 領 二 千 的 也 來 , 說 : 主 阿 , 你 交 給 我 二 千 銀 子 . 請 看 , 我 又 賺 了 二 千 . 23主 人 說 : 好 , 你 這 又 良 善 又 忠 心 的 僕 人 , 你 在 不 多 的 事 上 有 忠 心 , 我 要 把 許 多 事 派 你 管 理 ; 可 以 進 來 享 受 你 主 人 的 快 樂 .24那 領 一 千 的 也 來 , 說 : 主 阿 , 我 知 道 你 是 忍 心 的 人 , 沒 有 種 的 地 方 要 收 割 , 沒 有 散 的 地 方 要 聚 斂 , 25我 就 害 怕 , 去 把 你 的 一 千 銀 子 埋 藏 在 地 裡 . 請 看 , 你 的 原 銀 子 在 這 裡 .26主 人 回 答 說 : 你 這 又 惡 又 懶 的 僕 人 , 你 既 知 道 我 沒 有 種 的 地 方 要 收 割 , 沒 有 散 的 地 方 要 聚 斂 , 27就 當 把 我 的 銀 子 放 給 兌 換 銀 錢 的 人 , 到 我 來 的 時 候 , 可 以 連 本 帶 利 收 回 . 28奪 過 他 這 一 千 來 , 給 那 有 一 萬 的 .29因 為 凡 有 的 , 還 要 加 給 他 , 叫 他 有 餘 ; 沒 有 的 , 連 他 所 有 的 也 要 奪 過 來 . 30把 這 無 用 的 僕 人 丟 在 外 面 黑 暗 裡 ; 在 那 裡 必 要 哀 哭 切 齒 了 .

God requires faithfulness. Now, this is rather intimidating considering the fact that each of us has, at times, gone through life like the man who buried his treasure. Faithfulness in God’s kingdom is a teaching of the law and can swell our souls with fear and trepidation, which is the very cause of burying one’s treasure.


Therefore, it’s important that each of us Christians knows and understands that Jesus has set us free from the law and its accusations against us, providing us with full and free forgiveness of all our sins! This knowledge and this faith alone will enable us to use the talents that Jesus has entrusted to each of us for service in his kingdom.


It’s also important for us to understand through this parable that Jesus reminds each of us that he has blessed us with different gifts and different talents. Some have been given more; some have been given less. God has not called everyone to be an evangelist or a pastor. There’s probably going to be only 1 apostle Paul, right? But what God does give to us, it’s important that we use wisely, not governed by his Law that intimidates and restricts, but governed by his holy gospel which has set us free to proclaim and encourage others with his love and grace.


Revelation 2:10 Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.

启示录2:10你 务 要 至 死 忠 心 , 我 就 赐 给 你 那 生 命 的 冠 冕 .

最后更新于 2013年6月27日 星期四 09:12